Session Agenda

Session Title:

Engaging with Social Media through Mobile Apps | Creating a Dynamic Presentation for the Paperless Classroom

Additional Info:

  • Please bring your own DOE laptop device to the training session
  • Lunch will not be served

Session Instructor:

November Learning

Session Synopsis:

AM Session: Participants will become familiar with Twitter, Paperli, Flip Book, RSS feeds, HTML, etc in order to broadcast information and communication efficiently through a mobile App.
PM Session: Participants will become familiar with Powtoon and Pictochart to create animated and visually appealing presentation to engage all learners. Pre-Requisite: Bring a theme for your Powtoons and data for your Piktochart.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45-9:15 Vendor Presentation - 30 Minutes
Tech4Learning Presentation (Feb 3 and Feb 5 Morning)
Bump Armor (Feb 5 - Morning)

February 3 9:00 - 11:00 Engaging with Social Media through mobile Apps
February 5 9:00 - 11:00 Engaging with Social Media through mobile Apps

Lunch (Feb 3 11:30)
Lunch (Feb 5 11:30)

12:15-1:30 - Vendor presentations
  • Lenovo with Peter Lynch (Feb 3 and Feb 5)
  • Bump Armor Presentation (Feb 3 - Afternoon)
    • We design stylish, functional, high quality products that protect your technology devices. We offer the markets best protection in a world full of dangers. Made to withstand the rigorous education environment and enjoyed by students, businesses, homes and school systems across the USA.ech4Learning -
  • FAMIS Pricing and LENOVO product information
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  • thinkpad 10 famis pricing.JPG

February 3 11:00-11:45;1:40-2:45 Captivate, Engage , Explain - Lia Lambrides
February 5 11:00-11:45;1:40-2:45 Captivate, Engage , Explain - Lia Lambrides

Creating a dynamic presentation for the paperless classroom using PowToon and Piktochart
Hands-On Activity
Powtoon Overview
Jigsaw Activity
Sign up for a Powtoon account
Create a Powtoon Presentation
Pictochart Overview
Sign up for a Piktochart account
Share URLs

Questions and Closing Remarks


Leveraging the power of social media


Social Media Defined:

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Websites and applications dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, and wikis are among the different types of social media.

Resources for Building your Social Media framework

What's your Social Personality? Teaching our students

From the NYCDOE:

The Student Social Media Guidelines and Infographics

The Student Social Media Guidelines, and the corresponding Infographics (linked below), focus on five areas:
Show the following Infographes:

*Definition of Social Media
*Create the Digital Image You Want
*Post Responsibly
*Consider the Consequences
*Take Threats of Cyberbullying Seriously

What is Popular:
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Youtube
  • Google+
  • Facebook

The following list consists of the best social media for teachers and ideas for the Classroom

1. The Connected Educator
A great site for connecting with other educators is edConnectr. It gives educators several avenues with which to find other like-minded educators. A Visual Mapping Engine narrows down certain criteria allowing educators to save valuable time and energy.
2. Google+
Besides great graphics and themes, Google+ takes teachers to their students with circles that make managing virtual communication an art. Students might need to know more about a particular lesson because they didn’t quite get it the first time. Pull them into a circle of their own with just the right tools to connect them to their path to understanding and learning.
3. Facebook - "I love apples"
The great part about Facebook is that everyone is on it. Students love connecting with their friends and family with Facebook so telling them to check out the page where you post only makes sense. However, it’s very important to stay professional and have a separate personal account.
4. Twitter "Red reminds me of #apples #eatinghealthy"
The best way to use Twitter for teaching is as a reminder to students that they need to complete an assignment for a particular due date or that they have an exam coming up soon so study this or that. Sometimes teachers even use it for inspiration by sending a famous quote.
5. Instagram "Here is a picture of my apple"
Students love Instagram for so many reasons but mainly for the photos and effects available to them. Teachers can create assignments that tap into the need to Instagram such as photo essays where students take photos, upload, and add captions or students can even create campaigns for certain organizations or just for a lesson.
6. Vimeo
If you want to share videos on Facebook or Twitter, use Vimeo. But, there’s a whole lot more teachers can use it for such as uploading and storing video then utilizing it as a tool to teach students more about creating video. Vimeo teaches for you at Vimeo Video School with lessons and tutorials.
7. Skype
Using Skype means connecting with anyone, anywhere, at any time. This means students not only connect with teachers but teachers encourage students to broaden their view of the world. Set up virtual connections by contacting other teachers then connect the students to each other. Also, Skype has a whole portal dedicated to educators who can use it to teach various lessons already set up by the Skype team.
8. Pinterest "Great recipe for apples"
The celebrated platform for pinning favorite pix can be a great teaching and learning tool. It also encourages quick collaboration between teachers on all sorts of subjects and interests. Teachers can set up a Pinterest page for one particular class or a series of classes with Pins that focus on themes or subtopics important to the lesson at hand.
9. YouTube "Watch this video of me eating Apples"
Educators of any level can click on the education category within YouTube and find several subcategories such as university, science, business, and engineering. YouTube even has a special section dedicated to teachers and how to teach with it. But, even if teachers never visited that section, they could teach using all the great videos available according to subjects or searches.
10. LinkedIn "I am a professional apple picker - 3+ years experience"
While acting as a professional social forum for employers to connect with applicants or search for potential employees, LinkedIn is used for so much more than that. Having students post professional resumes there and then contacting them about the job market and the business world around them keeps them in touch with reality and the endless possibilities through a targeted education.

  • Your task is to incorporate social media into your classroom by selecting at least 2 media tools and using them to transform your lesson
  • Planning Sheet
    • How will social media be used before, during and after the event or unit
      • What will you say? What Hashtags? Who will you share with? Why?
    • How will the tools captivate your audience, again, thinking about before, during and after
    • When to use each media tool?

Let us go on step further

Captivate, Engage , Explain


PowToon is an online presentation tool .You can create free, animated video presentations as an alternative to using PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi. PowToon is a user friendly, and intuitive presentation software that allows someone with limited technical or design skills to create engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations. A PowToon is a combination of presentation and animated cartoon features.

  • presentations with text, images, audio, video
  • create engaging animated presentations
  • can be exported/embedded in other websites or blogs

Educational Uses:
  • Instructional Material for Classes
  • Presentation Tool
  • Distribute Instructional Content which students can use and view at their own pace

  • Making a PowToons presentation coordinating sound, image, and timing could be too challenging for younger students
  • The free version does not allow a user to build a video file

Hands on Activity:
  • Login or Sign up for a PowToon free membership
  • View the PowToon in Education Video as a large group

  • Create your own PowToon presentation working individually or in pairs
  • Share out your PowToon url

PowToons in Education Video

(5 min video)

Powtoon's Tutorial Library

What is Piktochart?


Piktochart is a site that allows you to create infographics. Infographics are a visual representation of data.
When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies.
Preview Sample Educational Infographics:

Educational Uses:

1. Research papers — They’re a staple of so many classes and are often the worst offenders of the “black and white” assignments. If the goal is information and writing skills, why not apply both of those to a graphic instead of pages of text that nobody will want to read?

2. Posters — These are classroom staples, too. But posters created on Piktochart have a much larger reach than poster board. Each Piktochart can be accessed online with a link, embedded on a website, or turned into a picture file to be attached anywhere online.

3.Character profile — So many subject areas study the lives of people. The interesting facts, photos and details of their lives can be added to one of Piktochart’s pre-designed templates or designed on a blank canvas for submission as an assignment.

4. Class survey — Students have opinions on everything. Surveys incorporate human relations skills, math and analysis. Ask them anything and report the results in a stunning way.

5. Infographics — These were the draw to USA Today I mentioned earlier. Wonderful, fun, informative infographics are all over social media. Piktochart has icons and customizable data charts that can spice up any set of data.

piktochart step by step
piktochart step by step

6. Describe a step-by-step process — Demonstration is a necessary part of life. Use a graphical layout of the steps necessary to do anything, from making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to using a complex tool online. Users will find the directions they need in an easy-to-digest format.

7. Agendas — Everyone has a schedule to follow, and history is full of timelines. Showing the chronological order of events, whether in the future or in the past, makes for easier remembering.

8. Compare and contrast — Any classroom does this on a regular basis. Lists of similarities and differences help us make sense of new material by comparing it to what we already know. Comparing and contrasting on a well organized page with visuals makes a powerful learning experience.

9. Ad or promotional campaign — Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Everyone lives by selling something.” Ideas, products, even causes can be promoted. Students can use Piktochart to create a modern campaign to promote something (and demonstrating what they know about it along the way).

10. Visual storytelling — Who doesn’t love reading a graphic novel or comic book? My daughter has read almost every (maybe every?) “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book. Why? They’re fun, and they combine graphics and text well. Another use of Piktochart!

piktochart survey
piktochart survey

11. Slideshow graphics — PowerPoint presentations can be dull without interesting slides. Create fantastic graphics for your presentations using Piktochart’s icons and charts.

12. Do’s and don’ts list — This one can also fit about any content area. Every subject has things you should do and you shouldn’t do. These Piktocharts can be created by students as an assignment OR by teachers for their students.

13. Organizational chart — Showing the connections and relationships among several things is best done visually. These charts can show who reports to whom, who is related to whom or what connects to what.

14. Moving poster — Real-life posters are good. Piktochart posters are great. Moving posters, which incorporate embedded YouTube or Vimeo videos, are amazing!

piktochart map
piktochart map

15. Map charts — Piktochart allows users to connect data to maps of the United States or various parts of the world. Students will understand historical or social studies-related stats in a flash with a map chart.

16. Video collections — Choose any topic of study, and there are probably public videos on YouTube or Vimeo for them. Curate them in a Piktochart — or curate and organize student work in a Piktochart!

17. Lab reports — The results of science labs can come to life in visual form! Upload your own photos of the lab to a Piktochart and add charts of results to make them more easily legible.

18. School showcase — Great things happen in schools every day, and they can be documented in photos, video, quotes and more. With an attractive design, those great things can be sent to parents and stakeholders via e-mail newsletter or social media.

Make an Infographic in Five Steps using Piktochart.
Step 1: Pick a template:
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Step 2: Double click to edit:

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Your template will load. Once you're there, you can make edits to the text by double clicking on the text box.
Step 3: Insert graphics
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Just drag and drop the graphics you need from the menu to your canvas. There are thousands of icons and images available in our libraries. Use the search tool or browse through them by categories.
You can customize how your graphics look by changing the colors, resizing androtating them. There are more advanced tools as well, such as layering, opacity and masking.
Step 4: Visualize your data
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Use the tools available to visualize your data. Go to Tools>Charts in the menu on your left. A pop-up will appear from which you can choose the best chart style for your data.
Step 5: Share your infographic
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Questions and closing remarks

Session Resources:


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